Call for cliff danger signs

Beach-goers enjoying a picnic blissfully unaware of the dangers of the cliffs above'submitted
Beach-goers enjoying a picnic blissfully unaware of the dangers of the cliffs above'submitted

CALLS have been made for signs warning people about the dangers of the collapsing cliffs along the Whitby coastline. after these holiday makers were saved from danger by a local dog walker.

Peter Horbury was taking his dog Aussie for a walk on the beach on Tuesday afternoon when he came across two women and two teenagers pitching a tent and setting up a barbecue within a metre of the cliff which was perilously close to collapse.

He warned them of a cliff slide further down the beach just three weeks ago and suggested they move the tent.

He added: “I asked them if they had seen the large piece of cliff, they had. Although I sensed it concerned them, they had still pitched the tent there. I think the council should put warning signs up.”

A spokesperson for Scarborough Borough Council said while it didn’t want to stop people enjoying the natural beauty the cliff has to offer people should treat areas around cliffs with caution.

They added: “This sort of cliff movement is a natural occurrence along our stretch of coastline. When considering whether signage is appropriate in the areas we have responsibility for we consider the potential risks such as numbers of people using the beach, the likelihood of slips and whether signs can be safely installed and maintained. We also judge how effective signs would be. This is because we have noticed in other areas where we do have signs that their effectiveness is often minimal.